View in Browser
Upside Learning Buzz - March 2018 - Issue 73
Spotlight - Whats worth Goggling At


We had a dream. We were asked to come up with an interactivity-driven follow-up training. A whole training, focused on application of the concepts learned and practising the judgments required... with not even one frivolous or pointless interactivity in the whole module!

We made a sophisticated interactive module actually simulating real life performance, which asked the learner to not only make choices, but also to justify those choices. No really - meaningful MCQs? We lived the dream!

That course went on to win us a Brandon Hall award for Custom Content. We made the dream. Want us to make yours too?

Talk to us for meaningful interactivity design
Writing On The Wall - From our Facebook and Blog


Doesn't it just annoy the heck out of you if your favourite go-to resources aren't updated reliably? We get it.

Check out the updated responsive authoring tool comparison

  • Employers are facing the highest global talent shortage since 2007. 40% of global employers report talent shortages.

  • The number of employers training and developing existing employees to fill open positions has doubled from 1 in 5 to over half.

- Learn the scary picture from the ManpowerGroup's 2017 report.


The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) had busted the myths about millennials' learning trends way back! It referred to the writing of Palmer Muntz, Director of Admissions at Lincoln Christian University:

"To accept generational thinking, one must find a way to swallow two large assumptions. That tens of millions of people, born over about 20 years, are fundamentally different from people of other age groups and that those tens of millions of people are similar to each other in meaningful ways."

A concise exposé of the incorrect assumptions powering this 'millennial myth', wouldn't you say! Read more here.


Whether you're a senior executive flooded with reports, or a fresher handed a ton of documents as part of induction, the chances are high that at some point of your career you'll have to wade through heaps of documents - ASAP! So how do you optimise your reading to pay off?

Speed reading is certainly going to make your life easier because you'll take less time to go through the material, but it won't necessarily help you draw out or mentally organise the information you need. And, it's not something you can start doing because you chose to – there's a practice period involved.

So, here's breaking it down into some simple steps to follow...

Let's break them down, shall we?

1. Sort your materials and 'tag' them

Think about each document – what would you expect to find in each one? What kind of information does each seem to have? What are your initial impressions? Make your sticky note for the document – and be clear and candid. Remember these are for yourself and don't hold back – say it if a document seems jargon laden and overall, quite pointless.

Also, don't be bumped by electronic documents: all you need to do is stick in a luridly coloured text box on the first page. And voilá, you're sorted and eco-responsible.

2. Read each document thoroughly and read in passes

To read in passes is to read in a very focused, almost blinkered way in multiple rounds. You determine what you're reading for in a particular round and pay attention only from that perspective. So, for example, the first time, you could pick out what seems most important in each document. Then, you could read again to pick out what was surprising or unexpected. You might want to do a third pass that picks out only statistics or supporting facts.

Liberal use of highlighters (again, as the feature within an electronic document or a physical highlighter) is strongly recommended during this step.

In each pass, make judgments and estimations: note which document had contradictions, incomplete or poor information, totally clear insights, etc. You could also make notes or a mind map of your thoughts.

3. Pick out the connections between documents

After reading through all documents in step 2, for this step, pick out pieces of information across documents that seem connected. Do your judgments about the documents also change when you consider these interconnections? Is there any document you think it might be worth revisiting to clarify if there is a connection?

4. Consciously and deliberately, consolidate your understanding

This is your intellectual quality check. See if you're using all the interconnected and key pieces properly to build your understanding. If there is a large amount of information, we might ignore some of it inadvertently. That's why it's good to check those highlighted portions and those interconnections to be very sure.

A typical trap is also to fixate on the scrap that validates our viewpoint, or the first scrap we encounter about a topic, and dismiss subsequent information that we come across in later documents. This is the step to consciously 'fix' our thinking and check our understanding.

There you go – a methodical, organised way to handle masses of documents!

And that brings us to the end of this edition of the Buzz. Do feel free to spread the goodness! – You can also follow us on:

Upside Learning Custom Learning Solutions & Services Logo
Social media icons